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PO Box 176
24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-2504
Fax: 757-787-5606
Bessie White

Bessie Olivia White

Wednesday, June 11th, 1930 - Saturday, May 4th, 2019
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It is well with my soul. When peace like a river attendeth my way when sorrow, like sea bellows roll, whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul.

Articulate, graceful, motherly, courageous, faith-filled, and generous are all words that describe Bessie Olivia White -professional, educator, matriarch, Christian, and community servant. She showed her gratitude to the Lord through her kindness, service, and love to her family, community, neighbors, and friends. Olivia was an avid writer; she often wrote resolutions for family and friends and articles by request.

Bessie Olivia White began her earthly life on June 11, 1930 to the parentage of George and Mary White and they ensured that good manners and respect were molded in her character. “Olivia” or “Miss White,” as she was affectionately called by all who knew her, had an outgoing, pleasant personality that remained with her throughout her life. She was the youngest of five daughters, Gertrude White, Shirley Dawkins, Louellen Drummond, and Constance Davis, all of whom transitioned from earth to glory before her.

Olivia began her walk with the lord at an early age at Adams United Methodist Church. She loved the Lord and her church. Decades of commitment is evident in her willingness to serve timelessly as President of the Adult and United Methodist Women’s Organizations. As a faithful member of several choirs, she would move obstacles of despair with her praise and worship. She was a Lay Leader and was on the Mission Board at the local and conference levels. One highlight of her life was the attending the Annual Conference as a delegate. Upon her return, she eloquently shared inspiring summaries of the events with her family and friends. Her voice melodiously echoed throughout Accomack County during the spiritual Choir Festivals. She was also a member of The Prince Hall Affiliation of the Eastern Star, Georgetown Chapter #28.

Olivia received her formal education through the Accomack County Public School System. She continued on to Delaware State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Temple University. Her passion for education and life was manifested in the thirty-nine years that she dedicated to the field of education.

Miss White was an inspiration in the many lives that she impacted throughout her life and career. As an exceptional educator lights the pathway of others, she was a beacon of light for numerous young minds. Miss White left a lasting impression on everyone she came in contact with: her students, co-workers, and administrators. She was a principal and a teacher. Miss White taught at Mary N. Smith High School, Oaks Elementary School, Atlantic Elementary School, North Accomack Elementary School, and Parksley Middle School.

Her agreeable personality earned many friends and colleagues on her journey to educating the children in Accomack County. She went that extra mile in everything she did, and added such intelligence and grace to any task that was to be performed. She was a woman of extraordinary strength and dignity, sent to us by God. May her legacy continue to live on in our hearts and soul.

Bessie Olivia White leaves her beautiful memories of life, love, and legacy to: three children she reared, Teen, Brenda, and Oh, 2 of whom followed in her footsteps as educators; three nieces, Henrietta “Teen” (George) Washington, Doretha West, and Lavone Bell;six nephews, Jerome Davis, Michael Davis, Willie (Karen) White, Marcus Davis, Eric Davis, and LaKendrick Dennis; a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, special friends, Ida Nedab, Robin Nedab, Maggie Bagwell, Faye Shelton, Jesse Poulson, and a myriad of friends and the Adams United Methodist Church family, all of whom were eternally dedicated to her.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, May 10th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc.
    24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
    Accomac, VA 23301
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Adams United Methodist Church
    23532 Lee Mont Rd.
    PARKSLEY, VA 23421
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 1:00pm
    Adams United Methodist Church
    23532 Lee Mont Rd.
    PARKSLEY, VA 23421
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    Rev. Gregory L. Duncan, Sr.
  • Interment

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 1:00pm
    Hall Cemetery
    Mirina Rd.
    Parksley, VA 23421
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Shelia Miller

Posted at 11:47pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and all those who knew and loved Miss White. She was a wonderful teacher, mentor and role model.

Mahalia Jackson sang a song that says, “If I can help somebody, as I travel along;
If I can help somebody, with a word or song. If I can help somebody, from doing wrong, no
my living shall not be in vain.” Miss White’s life was not in vain. She touched the lives of thousands of students in ways that will be remembered always. I for one am forever grateful for her dedication to the teaching profession.

Thank you Miss White for always demanding my best. You will live forever in my heart.

God bless and comfort you all.

Shelia Miller
Houston, Texas

Alma Brim

Posted at 05:56pm
Miss White was my 6th and 7th grade teacher at Oaks Elementary School. She inspired and motivated me and assisted me in my educational endeavors. I cannot begin to tell all the things she did to help me socially and academically. I loved and respected her and am so hurt that I cannot be present at her Homegoing Celebration because of health reasons. My memories of Miss White will always be of her dedication and devotion to education and Adams United Methodist Church. My condolences to the family, church family and community.
Alma Davis Brim

George Dix

Posted at 01:48pm
I'm deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Miss White. She was an inspirational and educational leader for members of the Whitesville, Parksley and Greenbush communities for over a half century. She will be greatly missed. Thanks MISS WHITE for all that you did for so many!!!

Earline Washington

Posted at 08:55am
Earline Washington ,
OB was such a lady, she will be missed. You are being remembered in my prayers!

Lisa Jo

Posted at 12:36pm
She was a very sweet lady. I will miss her greatly. I always enjoyed her smile. RIP Mrs. White.

From Lisa Jo @ Suburban Propane and all the service techs and delivery drivers.

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